Spontaneous formation of equatorial jets in freely decaying shallow water turbulence

R. Iacono, M.V. Struglia, C. Ronchi

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Results of high-resolution, long time integrations of the shallow water equations in spherical geometry are presented. Final quasi-steady states of the freely decaying evolution are found, characterized by the emergence of robust equatorial jets and by the breaking of cyclone-anticyclone symmetry. It is shown that these two phenomena are intimately related and that global prevalence of anticyclonic vorticity necessarily leads to the formation of a westward (retrograde) equatorial jet. © 1999 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1272 - 1274
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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